Post # 1
so our reception won’t be too long – from about 8:15pm-midnight, but I was hoping to carve out 15-20 minutes to sneak away with my new hubby and have the photographer take some night-time pictures. There are some really beautiful areas of our venue like the back yard with a pool and twinkly lights and I really want to capture that.
I was also thinking of changing into my LWD for the last part of the reception. I don’t want to change right after the ceremony because I want to do our first dance in my dress. I wasn’t planning on getting a reception dress – I bought it for our rehearsal dinner, but it ended up being waaaay too fancy plus we ended up going with a rehearsal lunch. I still want to use it though.
Here is our rough timeline. Do you think there is a moment there to sneak away? If so for how long? Did you do it? Was is weird for the guests? I don’t want to offend them! There will be plenty of music, food, and a photobooth to keep them entertained, but I don’t want them to feel left alone. Do you announce that you’ll be right back or just kind of sneak off?
Post # 3
Just go take the pictures when people are dancing. After all of the activities you’ll be fine.
Post # 4
@LilDrAnya: I think it’s fine to sneak away for 20 minutes, but it may be near impossible to leave the reception once you enter. We took about 20 minutes to ourselves after we exited the ceremony and before we entered the reception during cocktail hour to eat, drink, and bustle my dress. Once we entered the reception, we didn’t have a moment to spare.
Can you share your timeline with us?
Post # 5
oops forgot to add the timeline
Grand entrance, 1st dance, dad/daugher, mom/son dance, hora
Dinner! bride&groom can SIT&EAT quickly as guets get food at buffet
Bride & groom make rounds and shmooze, as guests enjoy dinner
Dessert, Dancing, shmoozing, general fun and delight (sneak away for pics and dress change?)
Post # 6
After we do all the first dances, we are having a buffet dinner. Towards the end of that, I plan to sneek away and have my hair put up. Nothing fancy, probably a nice high bun type updo. I want to wear it half-up/half-down during the ceremony/pictures/dances, but the heat and humidity here will cause my hair to end up a sticky stringy mess. We’ll probably also end up sneaking away for a few quick night time pics with our photographer too!!
It’s your wedding, sneek off if you want to!!
Post # 7
- Wedding: September 2014 - Historic Rosemont Manor
My future MIL is a photographer & I help her with weddings all the time – it’s not unusual for the bride and groom to take an hour in between the ceremony & the reception to take pictures. Don’t skip the pictures – they are one of the most important parts of the evening and you will have them for the rest of your life! I would try to take at least 30 minutes either before you eat or directly after when your guests are eating to get pics taken.
Post # 8
Our reception is from 5:30 to 10:00, and I’m hoping to get all of the ‘events’ out of the way fairly early, and then sneak away with my FI and photographer for some golden hour shots. In my area in July, it should be around 8pm which shouldn’t be a problem, but I still need to run it by our photographer. I’m hoping that by that time the guests will be too busy dancing and enjoying themselves to notice that we’re missing for 20 or 30 minutes. And even if they do, I’m sure they’ll live haha.